Early musical training at the Teachers' Seminary in Gori, 1899-1904. Began collecting folk tunes. In Baku, 1905. Composed operas and musical comedies, 1907-1913.
Joined the music classes of A. Il’inskii, Moscow, 1911. Entered Petersburg Conservatory, 1914. After the establishment of Soviet power in Azerbaidzhan on 28 April 1920 became a member of various Soviet organisations.
Founded the first music school (later known as the Technical School for Music) in the Republic. Founder, performer and director of the Azerbaidzhan Conservatory. Directed many musical organisations, including Azerbaidzhan Radio.
Director of the Institute for the History of Art. Laid the foundations of Azerbaidzhan professional music and opera. Works: Osnovy Azerbaidzhanskoi Narodnoi Muzyki.
Born September 17, 1885